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Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B: The annual Hanging of the Greens begins at 3 p.m. This decorating of the church for the Advent season is open to all. Stay for pizza at 5 p.m.



St. John's Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: The Rev. Kent Swift of the Evangelical Church of North America leads worship at 7 p.m. in the Ocee Johnson Chapel.


Atonement Lutheran Church, 407 Wicks Lane: All are invited to the Advent Fair which begins at 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Participants may make an Advent wreath to take home, and there are a variety of crafts for all ages. A soup supper is being served. Call the church office at 245-7004 for more information.


Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: At the 10 a.m. service, the first Sunday of Advent is celebrated with the candle lighting by the Virginia Bryan family and the hanging of the greens. A chili lunch follows in the fellowship hall, hosted by the Christian Education Committee with a freewill offering taken to support the Heifer Project.

First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: Retired psychiatrist Don Harr leads an open forum at 9:15 a.m. about various topics related to Church and Society, a Sunday school class celebrating its 30th year at the church.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: To begin the season of Advent, the first Advent candle is lit at the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services. Come for coffee after each service.


First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: Adult Forum at 10 a.m. in the parlor features the LTQ Saving Jesus Teachings of Jesus. All are welcome at 11 a.m. for the blended first Sunday of Advent worship introducing the Advent theme of "Journeying to Bethlehem" and featuring the Chancel Choir. Coffee and conversation are held before and after the service.


Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Come for the free movie matinee at 3 p.m. "The Nativity Story" is being shown, and there is popcorn and lemonade available. Bring a comfy lawn chair or cushion.


First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: At the 10 a.m. worship we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with the lighting of the first candle of the Advent log. The music offerings are given by God's Kids choir, Janie Rife on flute and Skyylar Staton on piano. Staton will sing original words as she plays.  There is a sweet-bread reception after worship provided by the women.



World AIDS Day Interfaith Prayer Service: The service begins at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church at 1935 Ave. B.

"Jailed for their Words": This powerful, hour-long documentary tracing the dramatic story of Montana's harsh WWI sedition law is being shown at the 7 p.m. Wednesday alternate service at Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 2032 Central Ave. Discussion follows.


Atonement Lutheran Church, 407 Wicks Lane: An Advent worship service begins at 7 p.m. The service features Holden Evening Prayer with accompaniment by a youth orchestral ensemble. Call the church office at 245-7004 for more information.


First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: From 6:15 to 7:15 Little Lutherans, God's Kids, Youth Group and Confirmation meet. God's Kids hear the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments and make sets for the children's Christmas program Dec. 19.



Advent recitals: American Lutheran Church at 5 Lewis Ave. is hosting a series of noon recitals on Friday during the Advent season. A light lunch at 12:30 p.m. follows each recital in the church's fellowship hall. The recitalists are: Dec. 3, A Hymn Sing with Thomas Keesecker, director of music at the church; Dec. 10, Barbara Gulick, ALC organist emeritus; Dec. 17, Michael Everson, organ. The public is invited.


Living Nativity: Drive by and experience the scenes of the Christmas story from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at Faith E. Church at 3145 Sweetwater Drive.


Atonement Lutheran Church, 407 Wicks Lane: Men's Square meets at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast, a brief devotion and fellowship before heading off to work. All men are welcome to join the group.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Anyone interested in making lefse for the Dec. 4 bazaar is meeting at 7 p.m. All are welcome.



Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: An Advent concert begins at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4. The theme is "Prophets Knew," featuring the Senior Choir, Shekinah, Girls' Choir, Joyful Singer, Good Shepherd Bells and an intergenerational orchestra performing anthems, hymns, and readings to help us remember with anticipation what the prophets knew. A reception follows the concert.


Other News

Prosperity class: Based on "Spiritual Economics, The Principles and Process of True Prosperity" by Eric Butterworth, the class meets at Unity Church, 9 14th St. W., from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 1-22. "Spiritual Economics" is not just a "make more money" book. It is about changing your thinking about finances, health, relationships, all facets of prosperity. If you believe that changing your thinking will change your life, that we can control our thoughts and by doing so improve our overall circumstances, you'll find this book extremely helpful.



St. Cyril and Methodius Church, Ballantine: A Christmas bazaar and soup luncheon is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 with many local vendors. The church is at the corner of East I Road and 16th Road South.


St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: There is an arts, crafts and food bazaar open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.


Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The Mayflower Christmas Bazaar, hosted by Women of Mayflower, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4. It features handmade gift items, handcrafted decorations, a cooks' nook with homemade baked good and more. The salad luncheon opens at 11 a.m. and costs $6 for ages 13 and up, $4 for ages 6-12 and is free for ages 5 and under. Desserts and coffee are served all day. A collection of "No Room at the Inn" crèches from around the world is being displayed as a benefit for Habitat for Humanity and the Interfaith Hospitality Network.